Sunday, July 14, 2013

Braxton Hicks

Yes, I am one of the lovely gals that gets to experience the joys of Braxton Hicks. Also, known as "false labor or practice contractions". I started feeling these two weeks ago and at first I went into full panic mode. Oh dear god I thought labor was around the corner. I sat down and called my doctor immediately. She pretty much said that what I described was for sure Braxton Hicks! I was not excited to say the least. I was scared. Thoughts of early labor freaked me out. We were only 30 weeks she couldn't come that early. As time went by I learned that this was something I was going to have to deal with and more importantly I needed Sarah to understand it didn't mean to get everything ready and rush me to the hospital....poor Sarah. 

Things that I have learned make Braxton Hicks come more than usual....
~(lack of water) I learned this the hard way the other night when I woke up to immense uncomfortable Braxton Hicks. I woke Sarah up at 3:30 AM and said to get as many water bottles as she could carry. Soon enough she came in with 6 water bottles. I downed them all. Within minutes I felt 110% better! So ladies drink lots of water!! 

~(overworking myself) lately we have been in full get everything done before baby girl arrives and time seems to be scarce that I feel myself running to get anything done. I noticed when I worked too much it causes these lovely contractions. So I have been listening more to my body and learning this mama needs a break every now and then. 

To this day it amazes me how awesome our body is. It's unique in so many ways. 

So, anyone else have these lovely contractions known as Braxton Hicks?


JustMe said...

This was really helpful. Glad to know the tips for handling it as well as possible causes. I'm not sure, but I've been having a tight feeling in my uterus sometimes late at night. Dunno if its BH or not, but definitely nothing as severe as what you're describing.

non-fat-caramel-does-lesbian-baby-making said...

Try not to worry too much about Braxton Hicks - I've been having them since about 18w, which initially scared me to death! Apparently we actually start getting them as early as 12w but we just can't feel them. Not long now for you two!

Lexi + Sarah said...

@(JustMe)I had a tight feeling in my stomach followed by my stomach getting very hard. The best way I could describe it to anyone was a charlie horse in my stomach! LOL

@(Non-fat-caramel-does-lesbian-baby-making) Crazy to think we have been having these BH since 12 weeks! Glad I didn't really notice them then as I do now!

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